On Sunday my flat-mates and me went to Montserrat. We wanted to visit the monasteries up on the mountain. We were highly motivated, therefor we didn’t use the “Cremallera” and wanted to climb up the mountain by ourselves – easier said than done.
Unfortunately we didn’t know exactly where we have to start and the tourist information didn’t really help us, they just told us it’s better to use the “Cremallera”. But of course – we didn’t want to be sissies and we finally found the trail at the end of the village. The adventure could start.
Soon we noticed the sun burning on our heads, actually it was too hot for hiking. The trail wasn’t what we expected, there were almost no signposts and we were the only people hiking there. When we saw a rope stretched up at the mountain we were temporary shocked, we had to climb while holding the rope. However, everything went well, we reached the first monastery and did our first break.
Well rested and strengthened we continued our hike. We came to a junction and didn’t know if we should go left or right, but a couple helped us while telling us we have to turn to the right, walk through a tunnel and follow the yellow arrows. Themselves turned to the left.
We followed the arrows with great enthusiasm, were glad every time we found a new yellow arrow and were optimistic that we’ll reach the second monastery soon. Somehow we began to doubt if it’s the right way and we asked another man. He confirmed that we just have to follow the yellow arrows.
We were walking and walking and walking… following the arrows… but no monastery appeared. After five hours hiking we became tired and decided to stop. We tried to stop a car just to get information if we’re on the right way – without success. Finally a man stopped and told us we’re walking all the time in the wrong direction, we have to go back five kilometer. We were just walking around the whole big mountain!
So we had no choice but to walk back the whole route. We tried to hitchhike now, but of course nobody stopped. So we began our hike back. Suddenly somebody stopped, you won’t believe who – it was the same man who stopped before! He turned around only for giving us a ride, what a pleasant person!
He drove us to the Monastery of Montserrat and we finally reached our destination.
Now our tip for you is: Never follow the yellow arrows and don’t go hiking without a map 😉